Friday, May 8, 2009

Blogs: Hospital Food

We're long time lovers of food, especially from humans, so we were excited to hear about the blog, Hospital Food, where people from all over the world take pictures of the food they received at the hospital. The pictures turned our stomachs, and we don't mind eating each others poo! It is some sort of justice though that people all over the world get disgusting food while already sick, but some of them look much better than others.

Quick vote: Seriously, the blog is gross.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

TV: Parks and Recreation

We were excited to hear that the makers of The Office, a show that we have watched and loved for years, were collaborating to create a new show, Parks and Recreation, based on local politics. It seemed like a funny idea for a show and we were pleased to see something new coming from a great team. The point is, we were giving it the benefit of the doubt. Imagine our disappointment when we got around to watching the pilot.

The show is exactly the same as The Office, but with less-developed characters and cheaper jokes. We really wanted this to be good, but it seems to be a poorly disguised knock-off of The Office. When this mockumentary style of television first came out, it was hilarious, raw, and different. It's surprising that a few years later it can feel so tired.

Quick vote: Don't bother.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

We picked up Steig Larsson's mystery/thriller novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on audiobook a while ago, and we've loved it! The book was originally written in Swedish, and takes place in Sweden, a fun and interesting location. The book is a murder mystery with serial killers, crazy techno-gadgets, intrigue and outrage. A great read.

A reporter who has just been convicted in a libel case which he believes he was framed for, has a mysterious call from a rich old man living in seclusion. His last wish before he dies is to find out what happened to his grand-neice. (Great-neice? We're not sure.) He hires the journalist to dig into the past and investigate a strange and reclusive family. The result is more than any of them bargained for!

Quick vote: This book was an interesting page turner. Well-written, great plot, fun characters; what more do you want from a mystery novel?